Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Be a volunteer client and earn up to $100 for your summer

Hi everyone,
We are looking for undergraduate students who are willing to serve as a volunteer client for at least two counseling sessions (or up to six sessions) conducted by master’s students from the NavyLEAD cohort. The dates and times of the sessions will be Thursdays between 1pm and 4pm in Summer II (July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, August 8th). You will earn $25 for each completed session. This is a great opportunity to earn some extra cash and receive guidance and counseling from our helpers-in-training.
Navy LEAD is a one-year Master's program, with courses at UMD and the United States Naval Academy that prepare officers for the responsibilities as Company Officers at the academy and as leaders throughout their careers. All students have received basic helping skills training and are invested in developing skills and expertise in counseling with the college-age population.
If you are interested, please complete the attached sign-up form and return it to Katherine Ross via email at klross@umd.edu.
Thank you for your consideration. 
Katherine Ross


Summer II 2013

What to expect as a volunteer client?

You are being asked to volunteer for a counseling experience with a master’s level student from the Navy LEAD program. This counseling experience will involve meeting with one graduate student counselor up to five sessions to discuss one or more concerns you have regarding your academic, career, personal or social experiences. The sessions will take place at 2150 Biology-Psychology Building, each session will be about 40 to 45 minutes.

Each session will be audiotaped so that the graduate student and her/his supervisor can review the counseling sessions to evaluate the graduate student's use of counseling skills. The confidentiality of your session with your counselor is guaranteed by both counseling ethics and federal laws governing privacy. The tapes made by the student counselor will be erased at the semester's conclusion.  In addition to participating in the sessions, you will be asked to complete brief measures after each session, and a demographic questionnaire prior to the first session.

In the past, these counseling sessions have not only provided helpful experience for the counselor trainees, but also for the students who volunteer as clients. If you've never been in a counseling experience before, this is a good way to learn about it. You are free to discuss whatever academic, career, or social concerns you may have. If you feel that you have difficulties in your life that may require a longer period of counseling, or a professional with more experience, you may be referred to the Counseling Center in the Shoemaker Building. You should not participate if you are currently seeing a counselor or therapist, as this could interfere with an existing treatment plan.

For each completed session, you will be reimbursed $25 for your time. We expect our volunteers to show up on time and prepare a topic for discussion in each session. Examples of topics may include interpersonal conflicts, life transitions, choosing a major/career path, school-life balance, romantic relationship issues, past/recent stressful events, etc.

Please complete the form on the next page if you are willing to volunteer and commit to this experience. Return the completed form to: Katherine Ross, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE), 3214 Benjamin Building or email the content of that form to klross@umd.edu and keep this page for future reference.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

(Please return to Katherine Ross, 3214 Benjamin Building
or send an email with this information to klross@umd.edu)

Name:  _____________________________________          UID: _____________

Email: _________       ___________    Cell phone: _________________

Best way to contact you (circle one or more):  Email/Phone/Text messages

Year (circle one):          Freshman         Sophomore                  Junior               Senior

Where/how did you hear about us:  _____________________________

Age (must be over 18 to participate): _______    Gender (please circle):  M       F     Transgender

Race/Ethnicity: ________________

Do you have a concern or issue that you are willing to discuss with a counselor-in-training for  up to 4 sessions? ______ Yes            ______  No

Briefly describe the general nature of the concern(s) that you plan on discussing in these sessions (e.g., relationship issues, family problems, sadness/mood/anger, school/career). 

Are you currently receiving counseling or psychotherapy services on/off-campus?
 Yes    No

Do you currently have thoughts or intent to hurt yourself or others?  Yes  No

Please circle/highlight all of the dates and times that you can meet with your counselor-in-training for a one hour block of time. 

July 18th 
July 25th
August 1st
August 8th
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2:00 PM
2:00 PM
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